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Ameer Abdullah Football Camp

Former Husker and current Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah pitches the ball to kids while teaching them how to run routes during his football camp last year at Lincoln Pius X.

Any time a former Husker makes a return appearance in Lincoln, talk inevitably turns to the current Nebraska football team.

You better believe that happened after Ameer Abdullah's youth camp on Saturday at Lincoln Pius X High School. The Detroit Lions second-year running back didn't hesitate when asked by a local TV reporter for a prediction about this year's Nebraska team under coach Mike Riley.

"Of course I'm going to say undefeated," Abdullah said. "That's going to be the goal starting off every year."

To be fair, Abdullah articulated earlier why he has high expectations for Riley's crew in 2016.

It all starts with the 'T' word: Talent.

"Right now, they're trying to figure out what to do with all the talent," said Abdullah, who said he's training with the team while back in Lincoln. "Especially at the receiver position. There's so much talent at the receiver position.

"Running back, so much talent, and defensively they're building a lot of depth.

"I see the youth and I see the talent so once ... everyone understands their role, they're going to explode."

Abdullah was also naturally asked about the stable of running backs and said he expects big things from senior Terrell Newby and also for the young guys like Mikale Wilbon to continue to improve after getting reps last year. And he's been impressed by Devine Ozigbo's agility for a big back (5-foot-11, 230 pounds).

There's a long way to go from talent to 12-0, though.

"But they have a lot of work to do to achieve that," Abdullah said of an undefeated season. "They can't just speak it. They have to start living it."

That was in part some of the message Abdullah gave to his campers as parting words after a long, hot Saturday on the Aldrich Field turf.

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Reach the writer at crobus@journalstar.com or 402-473-2646. On Twitter @ClintRobus.

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